|2019's "superbloom" of California poppies near |
Lake Elsinore blankets the mountainsides with dancing colors
It's that time of year again (at least in much of the Northern Hemisphere). Out of the gray of winter, against a backdrop of dead grasses, winter-worn leaves and bare branches, flowers pop out at us, clamoring for attention. They tease us with noisy bursts of color that don't seem to have any purpose. "Hey, I'm over here!" they demand. "It's spring and it's warming up and I'm beautiful and it's great to be alive!" Their crazy, random shaped heads bob and jiggle around in the warm, moist breezes. Some last a few weeks, while others shrivel and die after a mere day or two.
In A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, Eckhart Tolle explains how these little colored marvels have helped shape humanity's perceptions:
"As the consciousness of human beings developed, flowers were most likely the first thing they came to value that had no utilitarian purpose... not linked in some way to survival. They provided inspiration to countless artists, poets, and mystics. Jesus tells us to contemplate the flowers and learn from them how to live. The Buddha is said to have given a silent sermon once during which he held up a flower and gazed at it."And how can flowers teach us how to live? By grabbing our attention and, however briefly, slamming us into the here and now. Their ephemeral beauty touches something deep within us... something that is beyond words... something that compels attention and focus... something that invites us into the present moment.
And then, soon enough, our faces turn away, disappearing into our digital screens. Then our brains disappear into those mini-dramas from work or some talking head's political narrative or celebrity "news," and on and on and on. Eventually, our consciousness is completely consumed by the neverending ping's and dings of the gossip stream that is the news or Facebook or Instagram or... [insert your favorite gif-bedecked screen addiction here.]
How about you? Did you notice that short-lived flower you walked past today? Did you catch that beautiful smile that someone beamed at you? Did you really hear and process that thing your kid said that seemed to make him so giggly? Did you look into your dog's eyes when she wagged her tail at you and connect with her unrestrained love? These are examples of NOW moments. Follow the flowers to connect with your own ephemeral NOW moments and connect with your own life aliveness before it fades.
|(Bonus: Online Google photo album: |
Virtual Flowers for My WORTH SHARING Readers
-- I shot all these at or near my home in Southern CA.)
Related Stuff from the Archives:
- Download 20-minute Audio Podcast: Practice Mindfulness -- Summary: This podcast reviews the power of mindfulness — the practice of bringing your full awareness into the present moment — and how you can expand upon your inherent ability to practice mindfulness.
- Chapters from my WORTH SHARING book online:
- How Mindfulness Meditation Helps Me Laugh at Mental Soap Bubbles
- Meditation Fact Sheet: Scientifically Proven Benefits and a Who's Who of Famous Meditators
- Searching for a Picture: How a Camera in Your Hands Can Improve Your Vision
- How to Get Comfortable Doing Nothing: 3 Simple Strategies
- Inspirations: An Archived Collection to Motivate & Bring Peace of Mind